Frankenstein ‘LickedinPop Series’

June 1, 2015 / no comments

FRANKENSTEIN - The Man Who Made A Monster LickedinPop Series

FRANKENSTEIN – The Man Who Made A Monster LickedinPop Series

 

The Man Who Made a Monster

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Frankenstein was the coolest. Wait… check that. Karloff’s Frankenstein was the coolest. It was perfect casting. Even in the first movie when the monster is just a rampaging beast, Karloff still manages to make him sympathetic. Just look at what happened when Chaney and then Lugosi took over the role. Both just copy the original, but unfortunately for Lugosi when he portrayed the monster in ‘Frankenstein meets the Wolfman’ it was just terrible. He was 60 so he had to be doubled for many of the scenes. His monster was stiff armed because it was blinded as a result of receiving Ygor’s brain and he only meant them to be that way to protect himself as he walked. But the stunt men doubling him turned it into a lurching unintended iconic walk.

Karloff’s Frankenstein was such a wonderful creation. So fluid and darkly complex, not the caricature it became. I was a well deserved star making turn for Boris.

Just remember to stay away from the flowers.

You have created a monster, and it will destroy you!

Sorry, now I have to post a bunch of pix of Revell’s model Kit of Frankenstein. I posted a few photos of the complete Revell Monsters line of models in my post about my ‘LickedinPop Series’ illustration, ‘Bride of Frankenstein’ but I found a bunch of just Frankie on his grave base.

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I do have to say as a kid I was wild about the lumbering pose, but I found out something cool I never knew before… And it’s all Lugosi’s fault!

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  Now I know what it feels like to be God!

Frankenstein2 Frankenstein is a 1931 horror monster film from Universal Pictures directed by James Whale and adapted from the play by Peggy Webling (which in turn is loosely based on the novel of the same name by Mary Shelley), about a scientist and his assistant who dig up corpses to build a monster, but his assistant accidentally gives the monster a murderer’s brain. The film stars Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, John Boles and Boris Karloff and features Dwight Frye and Edward van Sloan. The Webling play was adapted by John L. Balderston and the screenplay written by Francis Edward Faragoh and Garrett Fort with uncredited contributions from Robert Florey and John Russell. The make-up artist was Jack Pierce. A hit with both audiences and critics, the film was followed by multiple sequels and has become an iconic horror film.

 Almost Bela…

After Dracula, Bela Lugosi had hoped to play Dr. Frankenstein in Universal’s original film concept, but the actor was expected by Carl Laemmle, Jr. to be the Monster (a common move for a contract player in a film studio at the time) to keep his famous name on the bill. After several disastrous make-up tests (said to resemble that of Paul Wegener in The Golem), the Dracula star left the project. Although this is often regarded as one of the worst decisions of Lugosi’s career, in actuality, the part that Lugosi was offered was not the same character that Karloff eventually played. The character in the Florey script was simply a killing machine without a touch of human interest or pathos, reportedly causing Lugosi to complain, “I was a star in my country and I will not be a scarecrow over here!” Florey later wrote that “the Hungarian actor didn’t show himself very enthusiastic for the role and didn’t want to play it.”

Why it’s Lugosi’s fault for Frankenstein’s iconic lumbering sleep-like walk.

Frankenstein_Meets_the_Wolf_Man_movie_posterIt wasn’t until twelve years later that Lugosi ended playing the Monster in Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman’. So here’s the cool part… where the iconic walk comes from. Starting with ‘The Son of Frankenstein’, Lugosi played the role of Ygor. In 1942’s ‘Ghost of Frankenstein’ Ygor’s brain is implanted in the monster (played by Lon Chaney Jr.) and now can talk like Lugosi. At the end of the movie the monster is blinded.

Soooo…. in 1943’s ‘Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman’ the blinded monster is now played by  the 60+ year old Lugosi. That stiff armed walk was created by Lugosi to show monster blindly feeling his way around crowded rooms only. The problem is that Lugosi was old and in failing health and couldn’t do a lot of the physical work in the monster makeup so the studio had several stuntman play the monster for the wide shots and fight scenes and they mimicked Lugosi’s walk EVERYWHERE.

The subtlety of Lugosi’s blind monster was completely lost and became the standard pose of the monster. The other bummer for Lugosi was the studio cut the monster’s speaking parts. Even though they established in the last movie that the monster has Ygor’s brain and now speaks like Ygor it was a impossible to hear the monster talking with a Hungarian accent without laughing.

We must find another brain

Frankenstein4Jack Pierce was the makeup artist who largely designed the iconic “flat head” look for Karloff’s monster, although Whale’s contribution in the form of sketches remains controversial; the question of who actually contributed what to the makeup design will likely never have a satisfactory answer.

Kenneth Strickfaden designed the electrical effects used in the “creation scene.” So successful were they that such effects came to be considered an essential part of every subsequent Universal film involving the Frankenstein Monster. Accordingly, the equipment used to produce them has come to be referred to in fan circles as “Strickfadens.” It appears that Strickfaden managed to secure the use of at least one Tesla Coil built by the inventor Nikola Tesla himself. According to this same source, Strickfaden also doubled for Karloff during the creation scene, as Karloff was afraid of being burned by sparks being thrown off the arcing electrical equipment simulating lightning. Although he was partially covered by a surgical drape, Karloff’s abdomen was otherwise exposed during the scene and the high-voltage arc “scissors” threw white-hot bits of metal when they were used to create flashes.

There is no musical soundtrack in the film, except for the opening and closing credits.

The film opened in New York City at the Mayfair Theatre on December 4, 1931, and grossed $53,000 in one week.

IT’S ALIVE!

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All work in the LickedinPop Series begins as an original pen and Ink illustration. Rich and colorful, it is my homage to the work of Roy Lichtenstein tuned to my favorites in pop culture. Beautiful reproductions of  ‘Frankenstein’ and all my work in the LickedinPop Series are available for sale at my Etsy Store. Please come visit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blade Runner’s Roy Batty LickedinPop Series

May 25, 2015 / no comments

Blade Runner's Roy Batty LickedinPop Series

Blade Runner’s Roy Batty LickedinPop Series

It’s not an easy thing to meet your maker

Blade 6I saw Blade Runner for the first time when it opened in 1982 at a theater in Westfield, NJ with my friend, Louanne. The movie was highly anticipated, at least in my neck of the woods and we waited on line for our showing. I remember as we waited, the earlier showing ended and those movie-goers had to pass by us. We noticed two other friends exiting with the crowd and shouted out to them, ‘How was it?’ Our friend shook his head in the negative and mouthed the words…. ‘It sucked!’

That’s right. He said Blade Runner sucked. Louanne and I looked at each other as our line began to move with questioning eyes. Sucked? He has to be fucking with us. We entered the cool belly of the theater and sat in our seats with incredibly dampened expectations.

I’ve never seen a turtle…

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Two hours later when we left the theater, I have to be honest I had very mixed feelings. Visually it was one of the most stunning movies I had ever seen. BUT… I wasn’t sure how much I liked most of it. I did say as we walked to the car, ‘If it wasn’t for Rutger Hauer’s Batty (no offense, Harrison) and the final confrontation between him and Decker, the movie would have sucked!’

‘What was the deal with the narration?’ – It seemed stilted to me. ‘What was with all that rain!’ – It rains through the whole movie and then the dove flies up into a miraculously blue sky and then its pouring again. I found out much later that the dove wouldn’t fly out of Rutger’s hand because of the rain and they had to film it when it wasn’t raining.

Chew, if only you could see what I’ve seen with your eyes!

Blade-Runner-poster-4The thing is, even with these ‘problems’, I kept thinking about the movie, so I saw it again…. and again… and again. Each time the nuances that Ridley Scott sealed into the movie would push forward revealing a deeply textured movie.

Once it came to TV, it was one of the movies that critics lamented about because it was edited (modified) to fit into the 4×3 ratio format of the standard television sets of the time. To truly appreciate the visual scope of Blade Runner you only watch it in the original Letterbox format. With the 16×9 TVs of today, you really can’t appreciate how great movies were butchered when they came to TV.

I burned through my Betamax copy (yes, I was a Beta guy). I have the original version AND the first Director’s Cut on Laser Disc (yes, LaserDisc). And then finally I bought the ultimate release… The HD DVD reissue of the 5 different versions of Blade Runner. Yes, I owned an HD DVD player. HD DVDs actually tanked two months after I bought the player and the Blade Runner disc.

I think this makes two things very clear. Maybe I shouldn’t buy new video technology anymore and I just might if it means getting another release of Blade Runner.

Nothing the God of biomechanics wouldn’t let you into heaven for.

Blade 2Blade Runner initially polarized critics: some were displeased with the pacing, while others enjoyed its thematic complexity. The film performed poorly in North American theaters but has since become a cult film. It has been hailed for its production design, depicting a “retrofitted” future, and remains a leading example of the neo-noir genre. It brought the work of Philip K. Dick to the attention of Hollywood and several later films were based on his work. Ridley Scott regards Blade Runner as “probably” his most complete and personal film. In 1993, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. Blade Runner is now regarded by many critics as one of the best science fiction films ever made.

Seven versions of the film have been shown for various markets as a result of controversial changes made by film executives. A rushed Director’s Cut was released in 1992 after a strong response to workprint screenings. This, in conjunction with its popularity as a video rental, made it one of the first films released on DVD, resulting in a basic disc with mediocre video and audio quality. In 2007, Warner Bros. released The Final Cut, a 25th anniversary digitally remastered version which is the only one on which Scott had complete artistic freedom and was shown in select theaters and subsequently released on DVD, HD DVD, and Blu-ray Disc.

 Home again, home again, jiggidy-jig! Gooood Evening, J.F!

 Pris and Roy

All work in the LickedinPop Series begins as an original pen and Ink illustration. Rich and colorful, it is my homage to the work of Roy Lichtenstein tuned to my favorites in pop culture. Beautiful reproductions of  ‘Blade Runner’s Roy Batty’ and all my work in the LickedinPop Series are available for sale at my Etsy Store. Please come visit!

Jeff Chandler ‘LickedinPop Series’

May 22, 2015 / no comments

Jeff Chandler LickedinPop

The Big Gray

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I was particularly drawn to this studio pose of Jeff Chandler as a boxer. Before I did the pen and ink illustration of it in my 3rd sketchbook, I did a finished oil painting of it. The only difference was I made the pen and ink version more of a caricature.  Check out the photo on the left. It’s from the same photo shoot that the illustration was based on. 

Biography

Jeff Chandler (December 15, 1918 – June 17, 1961) was an American film actor and singer in the 1950s, best remembered for playing Cochise in Broken Arrow (1950), and for being one of Universal International’s most popular male stars of the decade.

During the latter part of the 1950s and into the early 1960s, Chandler became a top leading man. His sex appeal, prematurely gray hair, and ruggedly handsome tanned features put him into drama and costume movies. Among the movies of this period are Female on the Beach (1955), Foxfire (1955), Away All Boats (1956), Toy Tiger (1956), Drango (1957), The Tattered Dress (1957), Man in the Shadow (1957), A Stranger in My Arms (1959), The Jayhawkers! (1959), Thunder in the Sun (1959), and Return to Peyton Place (1961).

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Shortly after completing his role in Merrill’s Marauders in 1961, Chandler injured his back while playing baseball with U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers who served as extras in the movie. He entered a Culver City hospital and had

surgery for a spinal disc herniation, on May 13, 1961. There were severe complications; an artery was damaged and Chandler hemorrhaged. In a seven-and-a-half-hour emergency operation over-and-above the original surgery, he was given 55 pints of blood. Another operation followed, date unknown, where he received an additional 20 pints of blood. He died on June 17, 1961.

LickedinPop Series

All work in the LickedinPop Series begins as an original pen and Ink illustration. Rich and colorful, it is my homage to the work of Roy Lichtenstein tuned to my favorites in pop culture. Beautiful reproductions of  ‘Jeff Chandler’ and all my work in the LickedinPop Series are available for sale at my Etsy Store. Please come visit!

Run-D.M.C. ‘LickedinPop Series’

May 18, 2015 / no comments

Run-DMC LickedinPop

I’m the king of rock, there is none higher. Sucker MC’s should call me sire.

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The original pen and ink for my Run DMC illustration is in my 7th sketchbook. The ‘LickedinPop Series’ needed a little edge.

Run–D.M.C. took hardcore hip-hop from an underground street sensation to a pop-culture phenomenon. Although earlier artists, such as Grandmaster Flash and The Sugarhill Gang, made rap’s initial strides on the airwaves, it was Run–D.M.C. that introduced hats, gold chains, and untied sneakers to youth culture’s most stubborn demographic group: young white male suburban rock fans. In the process, the trio helped change the course of popular music, paving the way for rap’s second generation.

Like we said before, we rock hardcore. I’m DJ Run, I can scratch. I’m DMC, I can draw.

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Run–D.M.C. was an American hip hop group from Hollis, Queens, New York, founded in 1981 by Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels, and Jam Master Jay. The group is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential acts in the history of hip hop culture. Run–D.M.C. is one of the best-known hip hop acts in the 1980s who, along with LL Cool J, The Beastie Boys, and Public Enemy, signified the advent of the new school of hip hop music. They were the first group in the genre to have a gold album (Run–D.M.C., 1984) and be nominated for a Grammy Award. They were the first to earn a platinum record (King of Rock, 1985), the first to earn a multiplatinum certification (Raising Hell, 1986), the first to have videos on MTV, and the first to appear on American Bandstand and the cover of Rolling Stone. Run–D.M.C. was the only hip hop act to perform at Live Aid in 1985.

You be illin’

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All work in the LickedinPop Series begins as an original pen and Ink illustration. Rich and colorful, it is my homage to the work of Roy Lichtenstein tuned to my favorites in pop culture. Beautiful reproductions of  Run DMC’ and all my work in the LickedinPop Series are available for sale at my Etsy Store. Please come visit!

Frank Sinatra ‘LickedinPop Series’

May 15, 2015 / no comments

Frank Sinatra 'LickedinPop Series'

Frank Sinatra ‘LickedinPop Series’

The Best Revenge is Massive Success!!! – Frank Sinatra

sinatra album 2I like to draw. I like to draw realistically and I like drawing cartoons. I’ve been doing it for a long time. The original pen and ink illustration of  a young Frank Sinatra was drawn in my 4th sketchbook.

The LickedinPop Series embodies what I like best from contemporary artists like Roy Lichtenstein, Pop Art, music,  old movies and not to mention good humor. I wanted to take my pen & ink drawings and infuse them with a sense of all these characteristics.

A young, skinny singer with a bow tie and a microphone. Standing only 5′ 8″ no one was ready for the voice that followed. Women wanted to sleep with him and men wanted to be him. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you… Frank Sinatra. Drawing musicians has always been one of my favorite things so how could I not include a young Frank Sinatra? Even if he did hate rock and roll he was still one cool dude. I love this illustration next to my Elvis Presley LickedinPop illustration.

Oh, I just wish someone would try to hurt you so I could kill them for you.

Sinatra album,Frank Sinatra was one of the most popular entertainers of the 20th century, forging a career as an award-winning singer and film actor.

Born in Hoboken, New Jersey, on December 12, 1915, Frank Sinatra rose to fame singing big band numbers. In the ’40s and ’50s, he had a dazzling array of hit songs and albums and went on to appear in dozens of films, winning an Oscar for From Here to Eternity. He left behind a massive catalog of work that includes iconic tunes like “Love and Marriage” and “New York, New York.”

I’m gonna live till I die.

Frank 2All work in the LickedinPop Series begins as an original pen and Ink illustration. Rich and colorful, it is my homage to the work of Roy Lichtenstein tuned to my favorites in pop culture. Beautiful reproductions of ‘Frank Sinatra‘ and all my work in the LickedinPop Series are available for sale at my Etsy Store. Please come visit!

 

Miles Davis ‘LickedinPop Series’

May 11, 2015 / no comments

Miles Davis 'LickedinPop Series'

Miles Davis ‘LickedinPop Series’

I’ll play it first and tell you what it is later. – Miles Davis

Miles 1My ‘Miles Davis’ pen and ink illustration comes from my 8th sketchbook. This was during a period of being extremely fixated on cross hatching and attention to detail. The background might have taken as much time to do as the inking of Miles himself. This attention to detail made bringing him to the ‘LickedinPop Series’ a no brainer. It’s ironic I spent all that time being incredibly anal with the ink crosshatching only to bring it into photoshop to ‘dirty’ it up for the series.

 I Always Listen to What I Leave Out. 

Instrumental in the development of jazz, Miles Davis is considered one of the top musicians of his era. Born in Illinois in 1926, he traveled at age 18 to New York City to pursue music. Throughout his life, he was at the helm of a changing concept of jazz. Winner of nine Grammy awards, Miles Davis died on September 28, 1991 from respiratory distress in Santa Monica, California.

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In March and April 1959, Davis re-entered the studio with his working sextet to record what is widely considered his magnum opusKind of Blue. He called back Bill Evans, months away from forming what would become his own seminal trio, for the album sessions, as the music had been planned around Evans’ piano style. Both Davis and Evans were acquainted with the ideas of pianist George Russell regarding modal jazz; Davis from discussions with Russell and others before the Birth of the Cool sessions, and Evans from study with Russell in 1956. Davis, however, had neglected to inform current pianist Kelly of Evans’ role in the recordings; Kelly subsequently played only on the track “Freddie Freeloader” and was not present at the April dates for the album. “So What” and “All Blues” had been played by the sextet at performances prior to the recording sessions, but for the other three compositions, Davis and Evans prepared skeletal harmonic frameworks that the other musicians saw for the first time on the day of recording, to allow a fresher approach to their improvisations. The resulting album has proven both highly popular and enormously influential. According to the RIAA, Kind of Blue is the best-selling jazz album of all time, having been certified as quadruple platinum (4 million copies sold). In December 2009, the US House of Representatives voted 409–0 to pass a resolution honoring the album as a national treasure.

If you understood everything I say, you’d be me!

Miles Davis 1All work in the LickedinPop Series begins as an original pen and Ink illustration. Rich and colorful, it is my homage to the work of Roy Lichtenstein tuned to my favorites in pop culture. Beautiful reproductions of  ‘Miles Davis’ and all my work in the LickedinPop Series are available for sale at my Etsy Store. Please come visit!

 

 

Louis Armstrong Satchmo ‘LickedinPop Series’

May 8, 2015 / no comments

Louis Armstrong Satchmo 'LickedinPop Series'

Louis Armstrong Satchmo ‘LickedinPop Series’

‘All music is folk music. I ain’t never heard a horse sing a song.’ – Louis Armstrong

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This was one of my favorite drawings in my 7th sketchbook. I thought I nailed his likeness with the pen and ink. Bringing Satchmo into the ‘LickedinPop Series’ was a priority to anchor the musicians.

When I was a kid I remember seeing Louis Armstrong all the time on the Ed Sullivan Show, in Mame and other 60s variety shows. This sweet old man could really play the horn. His voice was like baked gravel in the summertime, but boy could it carry a tune! It wasn’t until years later that I was ‘introduced’ to the young Armstrong! Hip, pot smoking Jazz musician! It’s funny when you’re a kid you always think anyone over thirty is OLD and BORING and could never ever have been cool. Too bad youth is wasted on the young.

There is two kinds of music, the good, and the bad. I play the good kind.

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Louis Armstrong, nicknamed “Satchmo,” “Pops” and, later, “Ambassador Satch,” was born on August 4, 1901, in New Orleans, Louisiana. An all-star virtuoso, he came to prominence in the 1920s, influencing countless musicians with both his daring trumpet style and unique vocals. Armstrong’s charismatic stage presence impressed not only the jazz world but all of popular music. He recorded several songs throughout his career, including he is known for songs like “Star Dust,” “La Via En Rose” and “What a Wonderful World.” Armstrong died at his home in Queens, New York, on July 6, 1971.

In a memoir written for Robert Goffin between 1943 and 1944, Armstrong states, “All white folks call me Louie,” suggesting that he himself did not. That said, Armstrong was registered as “Lewie” for the 1920 U.S. Census On various live records he’s called “Louie” on stage, such as on the 1952 “Can Anyone Explain?” from the live album In Scandinavia vol.1. It should also be noted that “Lewie” is the French pronunciation of “Louis” and is commonly used in Louisiana.

 

Musicians don’t retire; they stop when there’s no more music in them.

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All work in the LickedinPop Series begins as an original pen and Ink illustration. Rich and colorful, it is my homage to the work of Roy Lichtenstein tuned to my favorites in pop culture. Beautiful reproductions of ‘Louis Armstrong Satchmo’ and all my work in the LickedinPop Series are available for sale at my Etsy Store. Please come visit!

Rocket Man ‘LickedinPop Series’

May 4, 2015 / no comments

Rocket Man 'LickedinPop Series'

Rocket Man ‘LickedinPop Series’

Watch “Rocket Man” sweep from the clouds to battle America’s enemies!

codyMy original pen and ink illustration includes the heroine, Glenda Thomas holding on to Rocket Man’s arm. Unfortunately the illustration was completed as a double page spread in my 5th sketchbook. The actress’s face was almost in the middle and fell right in the fold of the book. It looked fine in the sketchbook but there was no way to scan it without distortion. The only solution would have been to cut the page out of the book and I wasn’t prepared to do that. I played with it in photoshop but in the end I just moved her completely. That decision works for the final version in the ‘LickedinPop Series’. Glenda would be obscured by the text if i left her in.

 And they hit the moon! 12 thrilling chapters about the most fascinating man who ever lived!

King of the Rocket Men is a 1949 12-chapter Republic movie serial. This serial is notable for introducing the character Rocket Man, who would later appear with different character identities in Republic’s rocket-powered hero serials that followed: Radar Men from the Moon (1949), Zombies of the Stratosphere (1952), and Commando Cody: Sky Marshall of the Universe (1953), the latter syndicated to television in 1955 under the same title but as a dozen 25-minute episodes, each containing new space footage and title music.

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An evil genius  calling himself “Dr. Vulcan” (heard only as a voice and seen as a shadow on a brightly lit wall), plots to conquer the world, but first needs to eliminate, one by one, the members of the Science Associates, an organization of America’s greatest scientists. After narrowly escaping an attempt on his life by Vulcan, one member of Science Associates, Dr. Millard goes into hiding and then outfits another member, Jeff King  with an advanced, sonic-powered rocket backpack and jacket, a bullet-shaped, aerodynamic helmet, and raygun they had been working on together.

Using the flying jacket and helmet and other inventions provided by Dr. Millard and aided by magazine reporter and photographer Glenda Thomas, Jeff King, as Rocket Man, battles Dr. Vulcan and his henchmen through a dozen action-packed Republic chapters. Eventually, Vulcan steals Millard’s most dangerous invention, a Sonic Decimator, and uses it to flood, then destroy both New York and the rest of Manhattan Island before finally being unmasked and brought to justice by Jeff King in his Rocket Man persona.

No Serial Thrill like it before!

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All work in the LickedinPop Series begins as an original pen and Ink illustration. Rich and colorful, it is my homage to the work of Roy Lichtenstein tuned to my favorites in pop culture. Beautiful reproductions of ‘Rocket Man’ and all my work in the LickedinPop Series are available for sale at my Etsy Store. Please come visit!

 

 

Sigue Sigue Sputnik ‘LickedinPop Series’

May 1, 2015 / no comments

Sigue-Sigue Sputnik 'LickedinPop Series'

I’m your God I’ve just arrived, A beatbox Jesus dancing jive – Sigue Sigue Sputnik

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I have to be honest about this band. I could give one fuck about Sigue Sigue Sputnik and their music. Their Shock and Awe approach was a bit OVER the top, and their music came across as forced. BUT… That Lead Singer! What the fuck was that all about? I had to draw him. The torn fishnet stockings over the face was just visually great.

The original pen and ink was more of a caricature but I thought it came out great and one of my favorites from my 2nd sketchbook. In bringing it to my ‘LickedinPop Series’ I was seriously striving for a balance between the inspiration for this series, ‘Roy Lichtenstein‘ and an old school Soviet Workers Poster.

 I’m a 21st century whoopee boy

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Sigue Sigue Sputnik were a British new wave band formed in 1982 by former Generation X bassist Tony James. The band had three UK Top 40 hit singles, including the song “Love Missile F1-11” and “21st Century Boy”.

James claimed that he had chosen his bandmates for their looks, and the band’s slogan was “Fleece the World”. James billed the band as “Hi-tech sex, designer violence, and the fifth generation of rock ‘n’ roll”.

The themes and imagery in the band’s songs were often influenced by futuristic, dystopian or post-apocalyptic films such as A Clockwork OrangeThe TerminatorBlade Runner and the Mad Max trilogy. Visually, their image included fishnet masks and brightly coloured wigs.

The band’s music, image and inspiration also mashed together a range of other pop culture influences, including former Tronics member Zarjaz and electronica influences of Suicide and the New York Dolls.

 The ozone is flyin’ Thru the toxik waste One computa glitch babe you get erased

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All work in the LickedinPop Series begins as an original pen and Ink illustration. Rich and colorful, it is my homage to the work of Roy Lichtenstein tuned to my favorites in pop culture. Beautiful reproductions of  ‘Sigue Sigue Sputnik’ and all my work in the LickedinPop Series are available for sale at my Etsy Store. Please come visit!

John Lennon ‘LickedinPop Series’

April 27, 2015 / no comments

John Lennon 'LickedinPop Series'

John Lennon ‘LickedinPop Series’

Reality leaves a lot to the imagination – John Lennon

John Lennon was the man. And the Beatles were the band. Fuck the Rolling Stones. I loved them from the start and John was always our favorite. As little kids we would pretend to be the Beatles and we would have to take turns on who would be John. Serious. Check out this pen and ink drawing I did. It’s from 1966 in our house in Avenel, New Jersey. 350 Ella Avenue to be exact.

I'm Paul, but I wanted to be John

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That’s me, third from the left with the ears. In order it’s my sister Lisa, Donald Mason, me and finally Donna McCullough from next door.  Anyway check out Donald and me playing one of the earliest sightings of ‘Air Guitar’! Mason had won and was officially pretending to be John for the photo while I was officially pretending to be Paul. When in fact, I was only pretending to pretend to be Paul. All the while I was really, seriously, pretending to be John the whole time. I mean, look at Mason slouching like that!! Lennon never slouched! His back was always straight as a board….. like mine. Lol.

The original pen and ink of John from the Sargent Pepper era was drawn in my 3rd sketchbook. All my sketchbooks are littered with drawings of Lennon, but this is the first to make it into my ‘LickedinPop Series’.

Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted.

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1) He was a choir boy and a boy scout: Yes, John Lennon, the great rock ‘n roll rebel and iconoclast, started his singing career as a choir boy at St. Peter’s church and was a member of the 3rd Allerton Boy Scout troop.

2) He was the last Beatle to learn how to drive: John got his driver’s license at the age of 24 (Feb. 15, 1965). This late attempt at driving seems to be for good reason- he was a terrible driver. He finally gave up driving after he totaled his Aston-Martin in 1969 on a trip to Scotland with his wife, Yoko Ono, his son, Julian, and Kyoko, Ono’s daughter. Lennon needed 17 stitches after the accident. He and Yoko mounted the wrecked car on a pillar at their home in England. He always used a chauffeur or driver after this incident.

3) He was the only Beatle who didn’t become a full-time vegetarian.  George Harrison was the first Beatle vegetarian; according to most sources, he became an official vegetarian in 1965.  Paul McCartney joined the “veggie” ranks a few years later. Ringo became a vegetarian not so much for spiritual reasons, like Paul and George, but because of health problems. John had toyed with vegetarianism in the sixties, but he always ended up eating meat, one way or another.

4) John Lennon once almost beat a man to death: Rumors that John Lennon was gay were swirling when things came to a head with a disc jockey the Beatles knew named Bob Wooler.  Wooler was a very close friend of the Beatles and had introduced them on stage some 300 times.  This incident happened at Paul’s 21st birthday party, on June 18, 1963.  At the party, Wooler was joking around with John and said (with heavy gay intimations): “Come on John, what really happened with you and Brian? Everybody knows anyway, so tell us.”  John had been heavily drinking that night and Lennon was a notorious “bad drunk”.  In a blind rage, John proceeded to beat the stuffing out of a very surprised Bob Wooler, literally kicking him repeatedly in the ribs as he lay on the ground in a bloody heap.  According to John, the only reason he actually stopped the savage beating was because, “I realized I was actually going to kill him…  I just saw it like a screen. If I hit him once more, that’s really going to be it. I really got shocked and for the first time thought: ‘I can kill this guy.’”  Wooler was rushed to the hospital and given treatment for a variety of things, including broken ribs.  Luckily for John Lennon- and the Beatles’ future amazing run- Wooler survived the ordeal.

5) He hated his own voice:  Incredibly, one of the greatest singers in the history of rock music, John Lennon hated his own voice and loved to double-track his records. He would often ask the Beatles producer, George Martin, to cover the sound of his voice: “Can’t you smother it with tomato ketchup or something?”

6) He was dissatisfied with all the Beatles’ records: Dining with his former producer, George Martin, one night years after the band had split up, John revealed to Martin that he’d like to re-record every Beatles song. Completely amazed, Martin asked him, “Even ‘Strawberry fields’?”  His response, “Especially ‘Strawberry Fields’”.

7) He loved to play “Monopoly”: During his Beatle days, John was a devout Monopoly player. He had his own Monopoly set he’d bring with him and often played in his hotel room or on planes. He was crazy about the properties “Boardwalk” and “Park Place”.  He reportedly didn’t generally care too much if he lost the game, as long as he had “Boardwalk” and “Park Place” in his possession.

8) He sometimes slept in a coffin: According to Allan Williams, an early manager for the Beatles, John liked to sleep in an old coffin. Williams had the old coffin on the premises of his coffee bar “The Jacaranda”. As a gag, John would frequently nap in it.

9) The best lyric Lennon ever wrote: A friend once asked John the best lyric he ever wrote.  “That’s easy”, replied Lennon, “All you need is love”.

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10) The last photograph of John Lennon: In this last photo of John Lennon while he was alive, he was signing an album to the person who was to assassinate him a few hours later. John obligingly signed a copy of his latest album “Double Fantasy” on the morning of his death for his killer. Later that same day, John returned from the recording studio and was gunned down by Mark David Chapman. Morbidly, a photographer later sneaked into the morgue containing John’s body and snapped a photo of it before it was cremated. John’s body was cremated the day after his assassination. Yoko Ono has never revealed the whereabouts of the ashes or what she did with them.

11) John was originally supposed to sing lead on the Beatles’ first record “Love Me Do” (1962): John sang lead on a great majority of the early Beatle records, but Paul took the lead on their very first record. The lead was originally supposed to be John’s, but because John had to play the harmonica, it was instead given to Paul.

12) The last time he saw Paul was April 24, 1976: Paul was visiting him at John’s New York apartment. They were watching “Saturday Night Live” together when producer Lorne Michaels, as a gag, offered the Beatles $3,000 to come on the show. John and Paul almost took a cab to the show, but finally decided against it. (It would have been one of the great moments in television history. Too bad!)

 As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot.

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Famed singer-songwriter John Lennon founded the Beatles, a band that impacted the popular music scene like no other before, or since.

Lennon was born on October 9, 1940, in Liverpool, England. He met Paul McCartney in 1957 and invited McCartney to join his music group. They eventually formed the most successful songwriting partnership in musical history. Lennon left the Beatles in 1969 and later released albums with his wife, Yoko Ono, among others. On December 8, 1980, he was killed by a crazed fan named Mark David Chapman.

 

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